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A new type of proportional fine based on the offender’s weekly income comes into effect; fines are capped at £2500 on motorways and £1000 elsewhere

A new type of speeding penalty based on the offender’s income has been introduced, with percentage-based wage fines and 56-day disqualifications for the worst offenders.

Motorists caught doing more than 101mph in a 70mph limit could be fined between 125% and 175% of their weekly income, while those breaking the speed limit in a 30mph area will get three points and be fined 25-75% of their weekly wage. Current speeding fines are already means-based, but the new type tweaks their thresholds, which are listed below.

Fines are divided into three categories: Bands A, B and C, with C covering the most serious of fines, such as 51mph and above in a 30mph zone, or 101mph and above in a 70mph zone. Band B covers moderate speeding, such as 41-50mph in a 30mph zone, or 91-100mph in a 70mph limit, while Band A covers 31-40mph in a 30mph zone and 71-90mph in a 70mph zone.

Band A warrants three points and a fine of 25-75% of the driver’s weekly income, while Band B gives a 75-125% fine and either a seven to 28-day disqualification or between four and six penalty points. Band C gives the heaviest fine – 125-175% of a driver’s weekly income - and a disqualification for between seven and 56 days or six points. For even higher speeds, a longer disqualification may be given. A spokesman for the sentencing council clarified that fines are capped at £2500 for offences on motorways and at £1000 elsewhere, however. 

The starting point for each fine is 25% higher than the lower-range figure and is decided by the environment in which the driver was speeding, other road users around, the driver’s driving standard when travelling at speed and other factors. A driver with no previous convictions who displays good conduct once caught may only face the minimum fine, though. 

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Pistachio 24 April 2017

missing the point here

I think everyone is missing the point here.
It is to deter you speeding not means tested encouragement!!
Don't get Shirty do Thirty
Peter Cavellini 24 April 2017

That's just fine.....!?eh!!!!

Proportional ability to pay,doesn't sound fair does it?,but if someone just on the dole for no other reason than his job disappearing can't pay,so,how can it be solved,if your a company owner or just plain well off,why shouldn't you pay a fine that makes you think twice about speeding?
Flametrench 24 April 2017


Wonder how they plan to establish the income of freelance workers who don't have a 'weekly wage'? And will they be demanding the accounts of those who have their own companies (which by the way does not always mean the rich or even moderately well-off)?